Leaving the wine unfiltered ensured lots of flavours in the glass: saskatoon berry, cinnamon shavings, sun-dried tomato, and red plum (to name just a few). Subtle notes of tea leaf and white peppercorn underpin some sips but are inevitably soaked into a refreshing, juicy acidity. A red that’s instantly likeable - the kind of wine that’ll make you lots of friends at a party.
• Halla Vineyard, Kaleden
The fruit was hand harvested on November 1st and was lightly desteemed and crushed, then sent to open-top tanks for 8 days of cold-soaking. Fermentation then took place over a period of 2 weeks. Once complete, the wine was racked to stainless to settle and malolactic fermentation initiated. The wine was then pressed off into neutral French puncheons where it was aged for 8 months before being bottled unfiltered in August 2023.